Blog: Explore Our World : Tips of the Home Improvement Trade
  • Selecting a Contractor: Is the company a licensed, registered contractor, and a member in good standing of a trade association?

    Selecting a Contractor: Is the company a licensed, registered contractor, and a member in good standing of a trade association?

    The (MHIC) Maryland Home Improvement Commission requires ALL conatractors that work in the state of Maryland to be licensed and insured. Automatically reject any contractor who is not licensed. However, do not be fooled by a contractor with a license.   Be forewarned that some contractors use their license as a way to legitimize themselves. The license requirements… Read more »

  • Fick Bros. Named Contractor of the Year!

    Fick Bros. Named Contractor of the Year!

    Fick Bros. was named the 2014 National Contractor of the Year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in its Exterior Remodeling category. Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the… Read more »

  • Selecting a Contractor: Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?

    Selecting a Contractor: Does the company carry insurance and is the coverage adequate?

    This is the second most important question. Owners have been financially harmed by uninsured or inadequately insurance contractors. A contractor should ALWAYS provide you with a Certificate of Insurance for Comprehensive Liability, Worker’s Compensation, and Completed Operations Insurance that protects you in the event of an accident or provides financial coverage for a failed project…. Read more »